When you’re taking a vacation at a resort in Nappa Valley, you’d be amiss to pass up the opportunity of taking a wine tour of the region. Depending on where you’re staying, there are bound to be several wineries close by so that you don’t have to spend much time traveling. If you’re spending a luxurious time in the Carneros Resort, you can go on a bit of an adventure to a few different wineries. Such Napa Valley wine tours start in the morning and end before evening, so you can either relax or party hard after that.
This article, thus, offers a sample itinerary of a wine tour you could be a part of when you’re not in the resort’s spa or by the pool. If you were to choose a wine tour like this one from a reputable tour company, you could expect full service. So, every aspect of the tour will be organized and arranged beforehand, including the winery bookings, transportation, and the routes you’ll (to allow you to experience beautiful natural landscapes). With that said, let’s get into the sample tour’s itinerary.
Make Your Resort Vacation More Adventurous
Vacations are all about new experiences, and Napa wine tours are designed to deliver just that. Now, it’s understandable if you want to just explore the various amenities in a fantastic resort like the Carneros Resort, which has so much to offer to guests, but it can certainly help to take a day away from that to learn about the wine culture of the area and the people responsible behind what you find on your dinner table. So, here’s your opportunity to do that.
10:30 am – Pick up from the Carneros Resort
The Carneros Resort is rated in the top 10% of hotels in Napa Valley, and its picturesque countryside and surrounding rolling vineyards are only one aspect of what makes this place special. It also has a variety of amenities, including a luxury spa, pools with hot tubs, restaurants, bicycles for travel, and more. You can expect a relaxed experience in the freshness of Napa.
This tour will pick you up from your hotel, so you won’t need to travel to any pick-up destination. Also, the tour starts at 10:30, which is great for those who don’t want to wake up too early.
10:45 am Saintsbury Winery
In just a 15-minute drive, you’ll reach your first winery of the day: Saintsbury Winery. Out on the patio, you’ll have a seated tasting experience of five Single Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines that sample different vineyards in Carneros, Sonoma Coast, and Anderson Valley.
In addition to sipping wine and taking in the gorgeous views of the vineyards, you’ll also spend that hour learning about winemaking here. A Saintsbury Host will detail the winery’s current releases while simultaneously explaining the winemaking practices, stories behind its vineyards, and the different terroirs. This whole experience is on offer for $40 per person (PP).
12:00 pm – GunBun Winery
After another short drive, you’ll be at the Gundlach Bundschu (GunBun) Winery, the oldest family-owned winery in California. The winery holds onto its identity by offering unparalleled hospitality, which it also describes as educational and fun. It also makes its heritage apparent by offering small-production wines in a bucolic and historic setting. Also, the winery is dog-friendly, which is great if you’re traveling with your dog on this Napa wine tour. While you can taste the various wines in the $40 package, there is an assortment of charcuterie boards, cheese boards, antipasto boards, salads, sandwiches, and more available for purchase. Use this opportunity to satisfy your hunger for some more wine at the final destination.
02:00 pm – Buena Vista Winery
The Buena Vista Winery is yet another old winery, and it’s closer to Sonoma Valley than Napa Valley. Here, you can enjoy wine in the Press House, which is a historic bar and California’s first-ever gravity-flow winery. There’s a lot of history to this place, which, of course, will be discussed by one of your hosts.
At the same time, there is also the option of being seated outdoors. Here, you’ll get to try four different wines from Buena Vista Winery. You can choose to add assorted cheese plates with crackers to enhance your experience.
03:15 pm – Drop off at Carneros Resort
After a long day filled with joy, divine flavors, and friendships, you can relax in the car as you’re dropped off back at the Carneros Resort. By reaching at 3:15, you’ll still have the entire evening to yourself to spend it however you want to.
Last Few Words
Napa Valley wine tours can be some of the most memorable experiences of a vacation if, of course, it’s planned and arranged by a reputable company. We at California Wine Tours believe that our experience in this business and our positive customer reviews speak volumes to our reputation of striving for excellence.
We ensure that we offer you a variety of different options that are all planned to help you sightsee but minimize traveling time. Moreover, we ensure the entire experience is stress-free and truly comfortable with luxurious transportation. Our goal is to prioritize your comfort and fun, so we make sure to check all the boxes regarding your tour. If you’re ready for an adventure, then come tour with us and make some special new memories.